How to prepare for an epic safari


Going on safari is usually a once in a lifetime holiday but how best to prepare for one. The below question and answer session from African Travel Specialist’s, Mahlatini should quell any worries you may have and answer any nagging questions.

Q. What clothing should I take with me?

A. Make sure you wear neutral colours as anything too bright and colourful will attract an animal’s attention, white is also out of the question. Make sure your clothes are breathable and lightweight with some long sleeved tops and trousers to fend off insects. ‘Must Haves’ include: hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, warm / rain jacket, camera, binoculars and sunglasses.

Q. Should I be worried about animal attacks?

A. While travelling in a safari vehicle the majority of animals are likely to ignore you, just make sure you do as the guides tell you and you’ll be fine. If traveling on water you should be briefed by your guide as to the dangers of hippos and crocodiles and when on foot your guides will steer you clear of any danger.

Q. Where do I find the perfect guide?

A. To ensure an unforgettable guiding experience it is best to stay at a private lodge, where the guides live in and can deliver a higher standard of excellence. Your expert African tour operator will advise you on the lodges and camps in Africa offering the best guiding.

Q. Should I be concerned about malaria?

A. The risk of malaria is varied, depending on the season in which you travel and the place you are travelling to. South Africa is the only place that delivers a few malaria free game parks. If you are travelling to a malaria area seek the advice of a doctor and do take the necessary anti-malarials. Be aware that you may need to start taking the tablets before you depart.

Q. I don’t want to be stuck in a safari vehicle all day, what else can I do?

A. Plenty of lodges and camps across Africa offer alternative activities such as walking safaris, boat trips, canoeing etc. Be sure to enquire from an expert which areas and lodges will offer you the experiences you are after.

Q. Who’s going to be the best tour operator for me?

A. For starters ensure that you pick a company that provides you with financial protection. Definitely seek out an African travel specialist who can advise you from their own personal experience, this way you can be assured that they will provide you with a safe and enjoyable experience.

Q. What can of insurance should I obtain?

A. A simple comprehensive travel insurance plan should suffice. Remember to take out the insurance as soon as you have booked the holiday and not just before you depart. This is to protect you in the event that personal circumstances force you to cancel the holiday.

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